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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Report: NFL coaches, execs do not see 2020 season starting on time

Roger Goodell

The coronavirus outbreak has unfortunately not yet shown signs of slowing down in the United States. The longer that trend continues, the less of a chance there is for major sports leagues to resume play in the coming weeks or even months. While the NFL has largely resisted making any significant changes to its calendar, there is apparently skepticism around the league that the regular season will begin on time.

Several NFL coaches and front office executives told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman that they believe it will be “nearly impossible” for the 2020 season to begin in early September. Those coaches and execs say they have gotten real information from doctors, and they are bracing for training camp to be pushed back to the fall.

Freeman notes that the NFL season could be impacted by the fact that some areas of the U.S. — such as New York, Washington state and California — have been far more heavily impacted by the coronavirus outbreak than others. All teams need to be on an even playing field, so to speak, so it would be difficult for the NFL to resume normal operations if the aforementioned areas are still in significant danger.

NFL teams are concerned about being able to prepare for next month’s draft, but the league doesn’t seem to care at the moment. As of now, the NFL is taking a wait-and-see approach.

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